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Apr 3, 2013 -

Storm Aftermath

The storm that threatened to drench us last night appeared at about 11:00! It was very loud, with a lot of thunder and tons of lightening, but the rain didn’t seem to last that long. None of the other RVs seemed poised to move, so I stayed put. The ground is definitely spongey this morning.

The soak did both my truck and Miranda a lot of good. I still need to spray the underside of Miranda for salt, but otherwise her chalky layer is gone. I do see that both Miranda and the truck topper are due for some Poli Glow, but that won’t happen till I get somewhere with a ladder and plenty of water.

My host from Dallas phoned last night. It’s funny how I just about never get calls and I got three or four last night! At any rate, I am infinitely grateful to have secured such a good landing spot in Dallas.

Croft and Norma are a mere two hours away right now, but they’re too busy to drive two hours round trip to meet me halfway and I’m way too busy to drive four hours round trip to get to them, so I guess we’ll be like ships passing in the night. Dang! How can so close be so far away?

Today really doesn’t feel like my last day in San Antonio. I just have one more thing to do here and I need to talk to my host, Teri, about it. As per a recent comment, Caroline isn’t in Austin, so really, I don’t feel any pull to the city at all. So I may just stay here long enough to do one more tourist thing, and then do a straight shot to Dallas.

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Apr 2, 2013 -

Sticky

I refuse to truly complain about the weather, but dang it’s humid out there! There was also zero sun today. I was down FIFTY AH at the start of this evening, so I ran the engine long enough go bring myself to 39AH down. Not great, but the voltage boost is much appreciated.

longdog2 just called to ask if I was aware of the weather forecast for this evening. Um, no. Thanks again for looking out for me!

There is apparently a massive thunderstorm rolling in from Mexico, which might be those nasty clouds from today. I just got info about the storm watch and I am below it, so I should be fine. I’ll still put the computers away tonight and clear the counters in case I need to pull out in a hurry and make a run for higher ground (a couple hundred feet from my spot).

I ended up spending all of today working on a new website I’m preparing for y’all. It’s too soon to announce a launch date for it, but I’d like it to be before I get back to Canada. I love developing a new site; the time just flies by!

Tomorrow is technically my last full day in San Antonio, but I really don’t expect the mail to be here by Thursday, so I’ll like be staying on a bit. That would suit me just fine since there is some tourism I haven’t done yet.

That said, one of you fine, wonderful, loveable readers has offered me prime parking in Dallas for a few days! So I’m much more motivated to head there than I was a few days ago. The weather has given me my fill of San Antonio and knowing there is power and SHOWERS waiting at my next two stops (Dallas and Wichita) is making me rather eager to get going.

I’d like to be in Dallas by Tuesday at the absolute latest, which is April 9th and exactly four weeks from when I have to be back in Canada. We’ll see if the mail cooperates. 🙂

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Mar 28, 2013 -

An External Replacement For the MacBook Pro Superdrive

I would like to once again thank all my readers who shop through my Amazon link. It never ceases to amaze me how such a small thing that costs you nothing makes such a huge difference to my bottom line.

The SuperDrive (DVD/CD reader and writer) on my Macbook Pro has been increasingly fussy and it has finally decided to stop recognizing any of my DVDs. Replacing a SuperDrive is not really a DIY project and it is very expensive to have it done by Apple. The recommendation is to replace it with an external drive.

Thanks to my Amazon commissions this month, I was able to go ahead and order one this week without even having to debate with myself whether I can live without a DVD player for the foreseeable future.

My first choice was no longer available, so I bought a Samsung Ultra Portable Slim DVD+/-RW USB External Drive, Black SE-218BB/RSBS.

It is very small, barely bigger than a DVD and about as thick as a DVD case. Best of all, it is powered by USB only, so I don’t need to run the inverter to use it. Installation was easy. I just plugged it into the computer, popped in a disc, and started watching a movie. My SuperDrive has not recognized that disc in years!

Getting this replacement was perfect timing since the movie Lincoln just came out on DVD, too, so I picked that up as well. So you can all guess what I’m doing tonight. 🙂

You can buy just about anything on Amazon, like paint to refinish the new cubbies you bought for the office. My Amazon commissions free up so much of my budget for other things. Thank you again to everyone who shops through my link.

In other news, the weather I’ve been experiencing in San Antonio apparently isn’t typical for this time of year. All I can say is that it has pretty much sucked for solar charging. I’m doing fine, but the forecast doesn’t give me hope of a full charge any time soon.

I just renewed for another six nights, taking me to noonish on the 4th of April. The weather up north is crappy, rent here is cheap ($5 a night), and I’m waiting for mail to come from Canada. Six more nights puts me at two nights past my original plan of two weeks, so I’m still on track with the original schedule. I’ll reevaluate next week. This is just such a good location. I feel so far from anywhere, but I’m less than five minutes from I-35.

A weekend-long project came in, so I’ll be pretty busy for the next few days, which suits me just fine since I had so much time off this week. I’ll try to remember to pop in with a proof of life at some point. 😉

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